Set yourself goals. That’s what I’ve always been told.
This month I have set myself a few.
November is an important month for writers. It is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. The goal is to hit 50,000 words in a month and help writers to settle into a routine that will allow then to write more. 19 days in, I have already written 42,000 words so it is going well!
As you may be aware, I’m well into the sequel of Flames of Rebellion. Paths of Chaos continues The Broken Gods Trilogy and I have to say, I have loved writing it so far. I’m 107,000 words in, another 20 or 30,000 and the first draft should be done. It feels more mature and I feel that my writing has improved since FoR was released. I was proud of the short story collection A Long Way From Home and I have also been longlisted for a Fantasy writing competition for a separate short story. All in all, writing is going well and the most recent chapters have been some of the best ones that I have written so far. Hopefully readers will agree!
I also set myself a challenge of running 5km every day. 19 days in and I’m on track to achieve my target. It’s tiring but I’m stubborn!
I’ve also been querying another secret fantasy novel in the hope of landing an agent. It is a difficult process but fingers crossed it will all work out.
Finally, the chaos of trying to get a PS5 has drained me! The UK is in lockdown at the moment and a PS5 would have smoothed things a bit but alas, I have not been one of the fortunate ones. Thankfully, there has been good news regarding a vaccine and hopefully we are taking steps towards the end of these crazy times.
The audio book for A Long Way Home should be out soon, Audible is taking its sweet time but hopefully the sounds of Takaara will be available for those of you who love audio books.
Finally, I’m so proud of Marcus Rashford and his campaign to help children get into reading. As a teacher and an author I know how important reading is. He is a role model for the UK to be proud of. That’s it for this month! Stay safe and keep reading.